Are Your “Organic” Eggs All They’re Cracked Up To Be?
By Lorri Ballance Laird, LuxEco Advocate
For many consumers, organic eggs are a staple in their diet.
What’s better than a yummy omelet or frittata on a Sunday morning? While many food-conscious consumers make an attempt to buy products that are produced organically and/or sustainability, they may be getting duped when reaching for that carton of organic eggs labeled “organic” or “free-range.”
A new report from The Cornucopia Institute, Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture, warns consumers of the trend of factory farms jumping on the organic bandwagon. According to the Institute, “For…industrial-scale producers, “organic” appears to be nothing more than a profitable marketing term that they apply to the agro-industrial production system.” These producers are simply substituting organic feed and eliminating harmful synthetics, such as pesticides and antibiotics, the Institute claims.
According to the Animal Welfare Institute, four or more hens on factory farms are typically packed into a battery cage, a wire enclosure so small that the hens cannot spread their wings. The close confines cause the hens to peck at each others’ feathers and bodies. To address this situation, egg producers cut off a substantial portion of each hen’s beak, causing pain and difficulty eating.